In answer to the question: "If you could have dinner with anyone ever, who would it be," my answer, from as far back as I can remember, has always been "Carol Burnett". With this audiobook I feel that wish has been granted. Burnett stuffs this book full of anecdotes from all points of her brilliant career that will have you unabashedly howling with laughter (thus, caution when listening in public) and fighting back tears (ditto on the public listening)--but mostly the former. Delightfully, her delivery is as passionate, absorbing and natural as one imagines an evening with Carol might be! And yes, you'll hear the Tarzan yell.
With the right mix of poignancy and hilarity, we journey through Short's brilliant career and his private joys and sorrows. I laughed a lot and cried some, including at the end because it was over!
I would have enjoyed an abridged version more than this one. Although the story itself is fascinating, I found the abundance of detail distracting and boring at times.
The actual escape process and the creativity leading up to it were fascinating.
The material was monotonous at times, so the reading came off a bit dull. It was not necessarily the narrator's fault.
See the movie.
Larry King's latest book is chock full of the fascinating and personal anecdotes, adventures, and stories that accompany him from childhood to the present day and include a varied cast of family, schoolfriends, colleagues and celebrities along his journey. Alternatingly hilarious and heart-wrenching, there is plenty of food for thought here. Yet what puts this audiobook in a class of its own is King's delivery: It never once sounds like it is read, but is instead told in a natural, spontaneous voice that makes the listener feel he or she has just pulled up a chair for a long chat with an old friend. The icing on this cake is the interspersed commentary from family and friends. King also answers frequently-asked questions from his viewers. All of these features make this one of the most entertaining and enjoyable audiobooks I have ever listened to.
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